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LA Rams - Detroit Lions Playing Time Breakdown: How The Snap Counts Explain The Rams’ 28-31 Loss

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Here’s how the Rams adjusted the playing time dealing with injuries going into Week 6 and throughout the game.

Los Angeles Rams At Detroit Lions
Los Angeles Rams At Detroit Lions
Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images

Note: I’ll update the snap counts in this spreadsheet all season including the first tab tracking the season totals. While I’ll paste individual game PT in each week’s recap, I’ll likely refer to the season totals moving forward from that link. So uh, peep it.

Offense

Player POS Off Off%
Rodger Saffold T 58 100.00%
Rob Havenstein T 58 100.00%
Jamon Brown G 58 100.00%
Greg Robinson T 58 100.00%
Case Keenum QB 58 100.00%
Tim Barnes C 58 100.00%
Lance Kendricks TE 55 94.83%
Tavon Austin WR 49 84.48%
Kenny Britt WR 47 81.03%
Todd Gurley RB 42 72.41%
Brian Quick WR 40 68.97%
Tyler Higbee TE 19 32.76%
Benny Cunningham RB 13 22.41%
Cory Harkey TE 8 13.79%
Bradley Marquez WR 7 12.07%
Mike Thomas WR 7 12.07%
Andrew Donnal T 3 5.17%

Big week for the Los Angeles Rams’ primary WR trio of Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin and Brian Quick. All three had jumps in playing time including Quick who hit a season high at nearly 70% of the offensive snaps.

RB Just Todd Gurley dropped back under 80% for the first time since Week 2.

Rookie TE Tyler Higbee nearly crossed the 50% threshold in Week 5. This week, he was back down in the low 30s.

Perhaps a big surprise to keep in mind: rookie WR Pharoh Cooper was a healthy scratch meaning fellow rookie WR Mike Thomas, drafted two rounds after Cooper, got the action. And while special teams was likely the reason Thomas and second-year WR Bradley Marquez saw time, the two combined for 14 snaps - seven each. If we fast forward to 2017, does Cooper leapfrog the two on the depth chart? If so, is this not experience that Coop needs?

Defense

Player POS Def Def%
Alec Ogletree LB 62 100.00%
T.J. McDonald SS 61 98.39%
Maurice Alexander SS 61 98.39%
E.J. Gaines CB 61 98.39%
Mark Barron LB 60 96.77%
Troy Hill CB 59 95.16%
Aaron Donald DT 53 85.48%
Lamarcus Joyner CB 45 72.58%
Ethan Westbrooks DT 40 64.52%
Dominique Easley DT 31 50.00%
Eugene Sims DE 30 48.39%
Matt Longacre DE 29 46.77%
William Hayes DE 26 41.94%
Cam Thomas DT 24 38.71%
Michael Brockers DT 17 27.42%
Josh Forrest LB 16 25.81%
Cody Davis FS 2 3.23%
Cory Littleton LB 2 3.23%
Dwayne Gratz CB 2 3.23%
Bryce Hager LB 1 1.61%

The Rams don’t really have any options at cornerback. With Trumaine Johnson out, Troy Hill and Dwayne Gratz were the only players on the roster who could take over. Hill , obviously, got picked on to great success for Detroit. I’m not sure Gratz would do much better, and throwing that in the mix for the New York Giants in Week 7 could be fantasy heaven for owners of WRs Odell Beckham, Jr., or Sterling Shepard. The issue isn’t whether you’d rather start Troy Hill or Dwayne Gratz at outside corner. The issue is that you’re in this position in the first place.

The defensive line rotation continues to be the position with the most called-upon depth. With DE William Hayes hobbled, DT Michael Brockers picking up another injury and DE Robert Quinn missing the game due to injury, I don’t expect that to change any time soon.

And rookie LB Josh Forrest is settling in to a more advanced role. Eager to see how he gets used in this stretch or if S Cody Davis regains his footing in the rotation.

Special Teams

Player POS ST ST%
Cody Davis FS 20 83.33%
Chase Reynolds RB 20 83.33%
Bradley Marquez WR 15 62.50%
Cory Littleton LB 15 62.50%
Bryce Hager LB 15 62.50%
Cory Harkey TE 14 58.33%
Marqui Christian SS 12 50.00%
Eugene Sims DE 11 45.83%
T.J. McDonald SS 10 41.67%
Josh Forrest LB 10 41.67%
Demetrius Rhaney C 10 41.67%
Greg Zuerlein K 9 37.50%
Benny Cunningham RB 8 33.33%
Mike Thomas WR 8 33.33%
Malcolm Brown RB 7 29.17%
Johnny Hekker P 6 25.00%
Jake McQuaide LS 6 25.00%
Maurice Alexander SS 5 20.83%
E.J. Gaines CB 5 20.83%
Mark Barron LB 5 20.83%
Troy Hill CB 5 20.83%
Aaron Donald DT 5 20.83%
Ethan Westbrooks DT 5 20.83%
Cam Thomas DT 5 20.83%
Rodger Saffold T 4 16.67%
Rob Havenstein T 4 16.67%
Jamon Brown G 4 16.67%
Greg Robinson T 4 16.67%
Andrew Donnal T 4 16.67%
Dominique Easley DT 4 16.67%
Matt Longacre DE 3 12.50%
Tavon Austin WR 2 8.33%
Michael Brockers DT 2 8.33%
Dwayne Gratz CB 2 8.33%

Hill saw his special teams work drop significantly this week. That might have been due to his increased role at CB or it could have been a factor of Cody Davis being back.

S Marqui Christian continues to get a bunch of time with special teams.

No TE Temarrick Hemingway this week as he was on the inactives as a healthy absence.


As always, drop your observations on the playing time from this week as well as anything you’re seeing from the season snaps.